By PAUL GUTIERREZ (KYMA)
YUMA — Loud chants and car horns greeted commuters in Yuma Saturday. Protestors stood united in front of the Crescent Center late morning to rally against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarek and his policies. The message was short, but clear: they want him out.
Locals Paul Moreno and Mike Bowling were just two demonstrators out of more than a dozen holding signs on the corner of 4th and 24th. Both are calling for Mubarek's immediate dismissal from a post he's held for three decades, and both believe a change is necessary in order to stabilize a troubled region.
"We're fighting for basic human rights," said Moreno. "Everybody should have the right to freedom."
"When there's an opportunity to back something that could be good, then we want to do that," chimed in Mike Bowling who has friends in Egypt. "Just like we did in Iraq and we're doing in Afghanistan."
Moreno and Bowling hope to persuade other local voices to join their cause as well. Without more support, they believe changing the world would only get tougher. Their goal now is to convince others that making a difference is only one phone call or click away.
"Social media is a good place to start," said Bowling. "You can get a lot of eyes and a lot of viewers looking at your message."
"You can also call your congressman and senators," said Moreno.